Breds win seventh straight with stirring Senior Night win

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By Mike Aldridge

Mike Aldridge,
Sports Writer

Reese Asher scored the winning run on a passed ball Monday night as the Harrison County Thorobreds won a come from behind victory over Scott High 6-5.  
Asher had driven in two runs in the fifth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Fryman to cut the Scott lead to 5-4 before his last inning dash from third.  
The game started out well for the Breds as starter Fryman mowed down the Eagles in the top of the first in order striking out two of three batters.  
Chris O’Neal then led off the bottom of the first with a home run to the left field bank for a 1-0 Thorobreds lead.  
The lead did not last as the Eagles took advantage of an unusually wild Fryman to score single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings and two in the third for a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.  
Fryman walked only three and hit two batters which is not characteristic at all and went deep in the count on almost every hitter.  
The Breds rallied in the fifth when senior Logan Kellione led off with a double down the left field line.  O’Neal was hit by a pitch, followed by Asher’s two run triple and the Fryman sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-4.  
Ben VanHook walked with one out in the sixth which was followed by another free pass to Andrew Day and a passed ball that put runners at the corners.  Robie Mullins then singled in the tying run setting up the Asher dash from third for the 6-5 win.  
Day relieved Fryman with two outs in the sixth and pitched a perfect seventh inning striking out two to pick up the win.  
Scott High picked up seven hits to six for the Breds but stranded eight baserunners.  The Eagles fell to 6-19 while the Breds improved to 17-7.
The Senior Night activities were held on the diamond before the contest.  Seniors Reese Asher, Grant Bennett, C J Claypool, Nathan Fryman, Drew Furnish, Logan Kellione, and Luke Slucher were each honored with their parents and families before the game.  
The Cynthiana/Harrison County Baseball Alumni Association presented each with a $560 scholarship in a brief ceremony.  
The ceremony was solemn as the baseball community honored Brett Persinger who passed away last summer in an automobile accident.  Brett’s father, Rodney, spoke about the life of his son as he stood with Brett’s mother Tina at home plate.  
Tina and Rodney then gave the seniors an additional scholarship, The Brett Persinger Scholarship, to add to the Alumni Associations award.  Brett’s family also split his senior scholarship from the Alumni Association with four senior girls who were some of Brett’s best friends.  
The senior girls are Lexi Fryman, Savannah Hedges, Larah Kate Kendall, and Chandlyr Puckett.  The ceremony was concluded with HCHS students Allison Conley and Cody Edwards singing the Star-Spangled Banner.  
In other games last week the Breds steam-rolled Nicholas County 12-2 in five innings on Wednesday, and won twice on Saturday defeating George Rogers Clark 5-0 and Calvary Christian 10-0 in five innings.  
Nathan Fryman gave up just three hits against Nicholas County as he struck out eight.  The Bluejackets picked up their two runs in the first inning on back to back doubles and an RBI single before Fryman settled down and held them at bay for the remainder of the contest.  
The Breds picked up 12 hits to score their 12 runs.  Fryman was three for three as was Ben VanHook.  Max Ferguson batted in three runs, Ryan Smiley drove in two while Fryman, VanHook, C J Claypool, Robie Mullins Chris O’Neal, and Luke Slucher each drove in one run.  
Luke Muth pitched a complete game masterpiece in Winchester Saturday.  The sophomore allowed only three base hits striking out four and walking none.  He threw only 79 pitches in a dominant outing.  The Breds did not commit an error in support of Muth’s performance.  
Harrison County scored two runs in the third inning when Max Ferguson led off with a single followed by a double from Chris O’Neal.  Reese Asher walked and one out later Ryan Smiley walked to force in Ferguson.  Luke Slucher then hit a towering drive to center to score O’Neal with a sacrifice fly.  
The Breds added the final three runs in the fourth when C J Claypool drew a one out walk.  Ferguson picked up his second straight single followed by O’Neal being hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.  Asher grounded to second to score Claypool and Fryman singled to score O’Neal.  Ferguson scored on a wild pitch previously so the Breds took the 5-0 lead.  The loss left the Cardinals with a 16-8 record.
The second game on Saturday was Alumni Night and Fence of Fame Night.  Many past players took their turn at the plate with lively commentary from Breds’ Hall of Fame Coach Mac Whitaker.  
Before the game three past Thorobreds saw their names added to the Harrison County Fence of Fame.  Vince Harris, Eric Asbury, and Bubba Hignite became the latest inductees and each expressed their appreciation to the Harrison County baseball coaches.  
The game was over early as Harrison County batted around in the first scoring six times and again in the second scoring four more.  Coach Whitaker substituted liberally and changed pitchers five times.  
Grant Bennett started the game facing nine batters walking two.  The Cougars had runners on in the first two innings but Bennett came up with the pitches that he needed to stay un-scored on for the game.  
Dillon Arnold pitched one inning as did Russ Judy.  Arnold allowed the Cougars’ only base hit in the third and Judy set the visitors down in the fourth.  Andrew Day began the fifth but walked two straight batters.  
Isaiah Mann came in and struck out two of the next four batters to preserve the shutout win in five innings.  Harrison County had five extra base hits with O’Neal hitting a home run, Slucher a triple, and Asher, Claypool and Fryman adding doubles.  The loss gives Calvary Christian a 9-13 record.